Author Archives: Theo Stewart

About Theo Stewart

I am a dog Behaviourist (INTODogs - ICAN Companion Animal Behaviourist) and trainer covering Beds, Herts, Cambs and Bucks, a 'Victoria Stilwell' Positively Dog Trainer (VSPDT) and a full member of the IMDT. Graduate ISCP, International School for Canine Practitioners. My main site:

How do we ‘Socialise’ our puppies whilst either in lock-down or social distancing?

  Could we perhaps, by looking at things a bit differently, turn this situation into an advantage? Two words: Habituate and Socialise Habituate means ‘make or become accustomed or used to something’. Socialise means ‘mixing sociably with others’. They both … Continue reading

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TV – Do our dogs love it or do they endure it?

To take this photograph I have been searching for a football match on TV – a first! Many of the people I visit have their TVs on all the time, whether or not they are watching anything.  They leave television … Continue reading

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Stress causes dogs to go grey too.

In most of today’s papers (23rd January, 2020): Stress speeds up hair greying process (in humans), science confirms. Fight-or-flight response nerves pump out hormone that wipes out pigmentation cells. So it is with dogs Does Stress Cause Premature Graying in … Continue reading

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‘Me Too’ for Dogs?

I was lying on the sofa, just thinking, observing my own dogs doing their own thing. They have their casual hello code. They may politely acknowledge a dog they happen to approach or to pass by. Humans however regularly break … Continue reading

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Shameless anthropomorphism – and why not?

Well, the only reason I can see for avoiding anthropomorphism is it’s impossible to spell. Wikipedia says: Anthropomorphism is the attribution of human traits, emotions, or intentions to non-human entities. For me, in my dog behaviour work, I am teaching dog owners who mostly … Continue reading

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Distraction ain’t Counter-Conditioning

I frequently go to dogs that, when on lead, react aggressively to other dogs. I explain how the way to change this is to keep ‘distance under threshold’ and then add ‘good things’ that are triggered when Bonzo sights another … Continue reading

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Dog Owner Reality Check .

LOSING HEART Why do so many clients with fearful or reactive dogs, who often have started off so well, lose heart? The reason is because they just don’t fully accept the time and work that changing fear-based or guarding behaviours … Continue reading

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Old Person Young Dog

Age is catching up on me fast. A couple of months ago I went to see a lady who described herself on the phone as a pensioner. She sounded elderly (it turned out she was younger than me). I have … Continue reading

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If they don’t understand English – SHOUT

When in another part of the world, we English have a reputation of expecting people to understand English. If they don’t, we think speaking more slowly and LOUDLY will make us understood. “WHERE-IS-THE-NEAREST-TOILET?”. Similarly, we expect our dog to understand … Continue reading

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Does ‘training’ really resolve unwanted behaviour?

The dog I went to yesterday persistently jumped at me as I sat at the table. The lady and gentleman were finding it near-impossible not to intervene. Is traditional training – using ‘commands’ – actually doing no more than getting … Continue reading

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